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Weekend Box Office Ahead - HIT AND RUN, PREMIUM RUSH widest openers in lackluster field

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Box office boredom. Apparition moderate opener in weak field

It's a dreary-looking weekend ahead at the box office with two wide openers which look to deliver mediocre results.

Open Road Films' comedy actioner Hit and Run scripted by star Dax Shepard, who also directs alongside David Palmer, finds the widest release in 2,870 theaters. Pic opened this Wednesday, with Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Chenoweth and Beau Bridges topping the well-known cast. The film's not impressing Rotten Tomato critics with a 47% positive score.

Sony's Premium Rush opens in 2,225 theaters, holding a 70% tomato score with Inception and The Dark Knight Rises' Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring alongside Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez. David Koepp directs as well as writing with John Kamps. The duo have collaborated previously on Zathura, Ghost Town and War of the Worlds.

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Apparition receives a moderate opening in 810 theaters. Twilight's Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger) lead the field. Todd Lincoln makes his feature-length directorial debut on the horror which should quickly head off to the home entertainment front.

The remainder of the field are indie, limited openers as follows:

  • Sleepwalk with Me - IFC Films in 1 New York venue
  • Longshot Factory's Somewhere Between documentary exclusively in a single New York theater
  • Paladin's The Revenant zombie horror comedy in 5 theaters
  • Warner Premiere's Thunderstruck family basketball film with Kevin Durant and Taylor Gray
  • Music Box Films' Hermano in 51 theaters
  • Eros International's Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi finds 54 venues.
  • Oscilloscope Laboratories' Samsara documentary in 2 New York and Los Angeles theaters

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